Impact Player: Leaving a Lasting Legacy On and Off the Field

Impact Player: Leaving a Lasting Legacy On and Off the Field

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by Bobby Richardson, David Thomas, Joe Girardi
     
 

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Former Yankee Bobby Richardson played alongside Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Joe Pepitone, and Yogi Berra during one of the most prolific dynasties in baseball history, and he remains to this day the only player from the losing team ever to be named World Series MVP.

In Impact Player, Bobby shares his life story, including

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Former Yankee Bobby Richardson played alongside Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Joe Pepitone, and Yogi Berra during one of the most prolific dynasties in baseball history, and he remains to this day the only player from the losing team ever to be named World Series MVP.

In Impact Player, Bobby shares his life story, including never-before-told tales from the Yankee clubhouse during the historic ’55-’65 pennant runs and World Series appearances. The book also features the unlikely friendship Richardson, a devout and outspoken Christian, shared with Yankee legend and renowned drinker and womanizer Mickey Mantle.

The perfect combination of faith and baseball, Impact Player offers a rare glimpse into one of the most celebrated dynasties in the history of the game, and it paints a fascinating portrait of a life well-lived and the lasting rewards that come from knowing and loving God.

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“I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.” —Bobby Richardson
Bobby Richardson played alongside Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Moose Skowron, and Yogi Berra during one of the greatest dynasties in baseball history, and he remains to this day the only player from a losing team ever to be named World Series MVP.

Impact Player chronicles Bobby’s life story—from his early days playing American Legion ball in South Carolina through his storied career with the Yankees and his decision to walk away from the game in his prime. He shares never-before-told tales from the Yankees clubhouse during the historic ’55–’64 pennant runs, and he speaks candidly about the unlikely friendship this devout, clean-cut Christian shared with the fast-and-hard-living Mickey Mantle—a friendship that lasted for decades and would ultimately change the lives of these former teammates forever.

The perfect combination of faith and baseball, Impact Player is a must-read for baseball fans and historians of all ages. It not only offers a rare glimpse into one of the most celebrated dynasties in the history of the game but also paints a fascinating portrait of a life well lived and portrays the lasting rewards that come from knowing and loving God.

I don’t know how many more innings I have yet to play. . . .
What I do know, however, is that I have lived a blessed life. I played more than fourteen hundred games in the major leagues, all with the New York Yankees. I played in seven World Series, three times on the winning team. I received individual accolades and made lasting friendships. I was able to coach and show young college players the Yankee way of baseball and, I hope, God’s way of living. And I’ve been asked to share the story of my faith more times than I can estimate.

If my life is a testament to anything, it is to God’s mercy and grace. I have been blessed far beyond what I deserve. My aim in both baseball and life has been simple: to make an impact by being used by God in the lives of others.

When accounts of my life are written, I hope two things will be said of me. First, that I played baseball in a way that made my team better. Second, and more important, that I lived my life in a way that drew others to my Savior.

To God be the glory.
—Bobby Richardson

Bobby Richardson played second base for the New York Yankees from 1955 to 1966. During his career, he was named to seven All-Star teams (’57, ’59, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65, and ’66), he appeared in seven World Series, including three championship seasons (’58, ’61, and ’62), and he remains to this day the only player from a losing team ever to be named World Series MVP. One of only eighteen players ever to hit a World Series grand slam, Bobby still holds the MLB record for the most consecutive World Series games played (thirty).

After retiring from MLB in 1966, Bobby went on to coach baseball for the University of South Carolina and later at Liberty University. An outspoken Christian, he played a vital role in the creation of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Baseball Chapel and is still an active speaker and evangelist.

Bobby lives in Sumter, South Carolina, with his wife, Betsy. They are the proud parents of five children and fifteen grandchildren.

David Thomas is a former sportswriter, the author of Remember Why You Play, and the cowriter of All In and SEAL of God. He lives in the Dallas–Fort Worth area with his wife, Sally, and their two children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781414377254
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
08/17/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
462,890
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Bobby Richardson played second base for the New York Yankees from 1955 to 1966. During his career, he was named to seven All-Star teams (‘57, ‘59, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, and ‘66), he appeared in seven World Series, including three championship seasons (‘58, ‘61, and ‘62), and he remains to this day the only player from a losing team ever to be named World Series MVP. One of only 18 players ever to hit a World Series grand slam, Bobby still holds the MLB record for the most consecutive World Series games played (30). After retiring from MLB in 1966, Bobby went on to coach baseball for the University of South Carolina and later at Liberty University. An outspoken Christian, he played a vital role in the creation of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Baseball Chapel, and is still an active speaker and evangelist. Bobby lives in Sumter, South Carolina, with his wife, Betsy. They are the proud parents of five children and 15 grandchildren.

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Impact Player: Leaving a Lasting Legacy On and Off the Field 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
G-Fella More than 1 year ago
Saw Bobby Richardson on WFAN interview. Now I HAVE to read his book too. I know it will be great. A special man....speaks through his faith and serenity. Lots of stories spoken from the heart, about those glory years. Feels good hearing the words of this humblest of Yankee greats.
Scott_Knight More than 1 year ago
Impact Player is a memoir by Bobby Richardson, the former 2nd baseman for the New York Yankees. Richardson played from the late-50's through the mid-60's, during the heyday of the Mantle, Ford, and Maris teams. Aside from knowing his name, I knew nothing about Richardson prior to reading this book. I wouldn't say I was fascinated, but his insider's view into the Yankees was pretty cool. After giving a brief background of his life prior to playing pro baseball, including his early commitment to Christ, Richardson gives an overview of each season he spent in the minors or with the Yankees. He is a humble man, so his stories seem very toned-down compared to what a more ego-driven player might write. He also is very careful to paint his teammates and competitors in a good light. I often found myself wondering if he was sugar-coating his words, because I'm so used to people trying to place blame on others and build themselves up. But, having finished the book, I believe that this is just representative of who Bobby is as a man of God. The last several chapters detail Richardson's life after baseball, with the most interesting chapters containing his memories and friendships with his former teammates, including Tony Koubek, Roger Maris, Clete Boyer, Moose Skowron, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Mickey Mantle. In fact, it is his friendship with Mantle that forms the frame for Richardson's story. Opening with Richardson about to speak at Mantle's funeral, the final chapters bring home the fact that Mantle became a Christian shortly before he passed away and Bobby's witness was instrumental in that. Richardson emphasizes how his platform of baseball (and ours in whatever we do) can and should be used to spread the message of Christ. This book isn't the story of the Yankees' inner-workings amid a very successful run in baseball. It is the story of one man trying to live for God while playing the game he loves. It is definitely worth a read for sports fans, and maybe for the casual Yankee fan. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
This was such an interesting autobiography.  I come from a family of huge baseball enthusiasts and I just know that if you have any level of interest in the sport, you would absolutely love this book.  It was extra fun to hear all of his behind-the-scenes stories about that era of baseball - and as he was good friends with Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, and more, there are some great stories!  We also learn about his journey from a small town boy to the top of the major leagues. Bobby Richardson invested his entire career in the New York Yankees, and eventually retired -some would say early- primarily to spend more time with his growing family.  He attributes both his success in sports as well as his family, including almost 60 years of marriage to his wife, Betsy as coming from a relationship with Jesus, thus the title "Impact Player".  Bobby's very clearly stated goal is to have an impact for Christ, and he has not wavered in that, even from the very beginning.  He is also seemingly quite transparent about things he wishes he could change, or ways he's failed. All in all, Bobby Richardson & David Thomas give us a well-written, engaging memoir that is great for non baseball fans, and (especially!) baseball fans alike.  I recommend it!
Virginia76 More than 1 year ago
This is the memoir of Bobby Richardson, a Yankees baseball player. The book covers his boyhood, baseball career and life after baseball. I thought the book was interesting, though there are a lot of game stats that made the book drag a bit for me. Bobby shares many stories of his time with the Yankees, and baseball fans will love the tales of famous players like Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. Bobby's testimony is a major part of the story, and he tells of sharing the Gospel with fellow players, churches, etc. The photos chronicling Bobby's life are a bonus.
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Great Baseball Trivia. Baseball fans will love it. He and his contributors did a really good job of writing a fact-filled, effective book, and inserted many great anecdotes. I was interested in a lot of his experiences and the history of the Yankees. I recognized a lot of the names, probably because I grew up in upstate N.Y. If I was more of a baseball fan, I’d have been able to focus more, and get through all the stats, plays and positions on the ball field. I skimmed them. The stories about his teammates were great, and I liked the positive, personal look into his life and his marriage. Richardson’s personal witness was included, and some facts about Mickey Mantle that I didn’t know. As a whole, it was interesting and uplifting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book very much. As a mother of boys in Little League, it was interesting to hear all the stories and insights into baseball from a pros perspective and realize that even professional baseball players deal with the same pressures and uncertainties that the little guys do. It was refreshing to read about a professional athlete that wasn't in it just for the money, but for the love of the game. This book is a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love reading christian athlete books, it helps me as a athlete myself grow my faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest to the very last page. The author's interactions with other famous players, including Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra and something of their personalities were unexpected bonuses. The book shows how a christian can witness to faitt in god without being "preachy".
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brings back memories of a great team.